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By Elliot L. Jurist

Are Hegel and Nietzsche philosophical opposites? Can twentieth-century Continental philosophers be categorised as both Hegelians or Nietzscheans? during this e-book Elliot Jurist areas Hegel and Nietzsche in dialog with one another, reassessing their courting in a manner that affirms its complexity. Jurist examines Hegel's and Nietzsche's declare that philosophy and tradition are associated and explicates some of the meanings of "culture" of their work--in specific, the distinction either thinkers draw among historic and glossy tradition. He evaluates their positions at the failure of contemporary tradition and at the have to enhance conceptions of chuffed company. it truly is Jurist's unique contribution to target the mental sensibility that informs the undertaking of either philosophers. Writing in an admirably transparent kind, he strains the continued legacy of Hegel's and Nietzsche's suggestion in Adorno, Habermas, Honneth, Jessica Benjamin, Heidegger, Derrida, Lacan, and Butler.

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In early writings, Nietzsche argues rather baldly that “culture is a unity” and “the philosopher only seems to stand outside of it” (PT, p. 57). , p. 71 (1873)). ” In “On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life” (UM #3) Nietzsche notes that the idea of freeing oneself from the present is “always a dangerous attempt,” and in “Human, All Too Human” he avers that “the best in us has perhaps been inherited from the sensibilities of earlier ages to which we hardly any longer have access by direct paths” (HAH I #223).

Engaging in self-fathoming requires us to form ourselves in relation to what has formed us. As we will see in this chapter, some genuine differences between Hegel and Nietzsche emerge in connection with the telos of Bildung and selffathoming. This chapter culminates with a comparative discussion of the philosophical methods they deploy to comprehend culture: phenomenology and genealogy. 1 Customs Hegel and Nietzsche use the first sense of ‘culture’ to refer to the customs [Sitten] that organize and bind specific social groups.

20 At the same time, Nietzsche wants to distance himself from aspects of the idealist tradition of German philosophy, such as its system making and (especially) its pretense to absoluteness. The shadow of Nietzsche’s opposition to the philosophical tradition thus falls on Hegel, despite the greater antipathy he reserves for Kant and other moralists. In Beyond Good and Evil #6, Nietzsche argues strenuously that philosophers have gone to great lengths to conceal and deny their own prejudices, which are in fact moral ones.

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